INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. The organization also released the third coaches' panel rankings and the RPI.
According to the NCAA, all wrestlers were measured on division I winning percentage at the weight class; ratings percentage index (RPI); and coaches' ranking. For each wrestler that reached the threshold in at least two of the three categories, his qualifying tournament was awarded a qualifying spot in that weight class. Each qualifying tournament, with automatic qualifying status, was awarded a minimum of one wrestler per weight class, which will go to the tournament champion, even if they did not have any wrestlers reach at least two of the three thresholds. NCAA tournament spots for each qualifying event will be awarded at the tournament based solely on place-finish.
The Mid-American Conference has 25 qualifying spots. The remaining 47 at-large spots will be announced on March 6, which will be determined by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee. The NCAA Championships will take place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on March 15-17.
The 133-pound weight class has the most qualifying spots in the MAC with four. The remaining weight classes have just one, two, or three qualifying spots.
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The MAC was awarded the following qualifier allocations by weight class:
The Bulls had three wrestlers in the most recent RPI and Coaches' Poll rankings.
Bryan Lantry, looking to be an NCAA qualifier for the third straight season at 133 lbs., is the Bulls' highest ranked wrestler. The redshirt-junior is ranked 11th in the RPI and 18th in the coaches' rankings.
At 125, Kyle Akins, a 2017 NCAA qualifier, ranks 20th in the RPI and 28th in the coaches' rankings.
Jake Gunning, the reigning MAC Champion at 285, is ranked 16th in the RPI and 24th in the coaches' rankings.